Three care homes have teamed up with Cleveland Police to provide safe havens for missing people with dementia.
Reuben Manor nursing home in Eaglescliffe, Willow View Residential Care Centre in Stockton and Roseberry Court in Redcar have registered with Cleveland Police as a place of safety for those living with dementia.
Temporary inspector of Cleveland Police Phil Spencer said: “If officers come across a person living with dementia who has been reported missing from home, lost, confused, disorientated or they are unable to identify them, the care homes will act as a safe haven for them.
“We recognise that taking someone with dementia to a care home is much better than being taken into a police station.
“This is a wonderful partnership which will help us to protect vulnerable people living with dementia. This scheme will allow officers to make essential enquiries to find out who a person is or where they are missing from, safe in the knowledge that they are in the best place possible being looked after by care home staff.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “This scheme will allow police to work with specialist carers in the community to help reduce trauma for the person with dementia and to ensure thorough investigations take place in order to reunite them with their family.”